About Me

The Food Blog - Colleen

The Food Blog

About The Food Blog, and Me

Hello, and welcome to The Food Blog. I’m Colleen and I’m glad you stopped by. I hope that you’re here because you love fresh, local, seasonal food cooked from scratch. Because that’s what I do and I want to share it with you.

I have a passion for cooking and photography and I love where I live, in the Okanagan valley in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. It’s a place where I can walk down the block and pick a pail of fresh cherries, apricots, peaches or apples, depending on the season.

I’m also fortunate to have a garden that I love to dig in, and I love cooking and preserving my own organically grown food. What we can’t or don’t grow or forage for ourselves, we look for in our local farmer’s markets, produce stands and artisan producers whenever possible.

What I Believe

I believe in eating real. That means eating what nature gives us, not what is produced in a factory. Processed foods might be convenient, but there is a cost to our health, and also in flavor and love of good food, which is, to me, one of the true, simply perfect, pleasures in life.

I believe in being inclusive. My recipes are not specifically gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, low carb, keto, or any other diet. I respect everyone’s individual choices in how they want to enjoy real food. I don’t like labels. My personal belief is that we humans are omnivores, who should definitely eat a mostly plant based diet, and that our protein sources should be humanly raised and eaten in very small quantities.

You won’t have trouble finding any of those diet specifics here, though. Because the basis for most of those ways of eating, is, fresh, healthy, good food. And that’s exactly what The Food Blog is all about.

Being inclusive also means that you won’t find any gadget specific recipes here. I do love kitchen gadgets, but let’s face it, no recipe is dependant on a gadget. So if I mention a gadget, I will also always give you a way to make the recipe without it. No worries if you don’t have an ice cream maker, instant pot, or air fryer.

I also believe in simplicity. Cooking from scratch can seem hard and complicated. It isn’t. A lot of people even find it fun. Cooking together is a great family activity. And the most delicious recipes are often the simplest ones. You’ll find ingredients for recipes here on The Food Blog that you can find in your own kitchen, or at least in your regular grocery store. And you will be able to pronounce the names of them all.

Have Some Delicious Fun

When you get comfortable in the kitchen, you’ll realize that recipes are really just guidelines. That’s why I try to give substitution suggestions often. So, If you don’t have a certain grain, seasoning, or veggie in the recipe? It’s fine to use something else, almost always.

If you’re just browsing, or searching for something in particular, check out the Recipe Index.

I love hearing from my readers, so email me: thefoodblog.net@gmail.com with your feedback, thoughts, questions or stories. Feel free to leave a question on a recipe post. I promise to get back to you promptly. And please, come join the community on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram, too!

Wishing you deliciousness every day,





9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I love your website! Even though you say you don’t have particularly vegan/vegetarian recipes, those are always the ones I go for here 😀

    It’s getting easier to be vegan in the world I find! Not sure about in BC, but in Ontario we now have a website called EthicalTree.com to find vegan-friendly restos around town and it’s been my go-to since then 🙂

    Keep up the great posts!!!

    1. Hey Frank, I’m so glad you’re able to find suitable recipes here!, It’s exactly what I’m going for. ? And that website sounds great: I’m going to check it out and also, see if there’s one in BC. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi Colleen, if you are not a professional, you act like it. Your posts are always inspiring! Great job.

    1. Thanks Dianne! Let me know how it turns out for you. Pretty soon I’m doing a Jamaican Jerk chicken, so stay tuned 🙂

  3. LOOKS GRRRRRREAT can’t wait to try some of these. My family may not be as willing, as they are picky eaters BUT i am sick of the same things so I have been making separate meals for myself and that chilli looks YUMMY!

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